Click to read June 2015 Newsletter
Shoko, Matteo, Lorenzo, Serena and Anthony were all confirmed by The Rt Revd Peter Price, formerly Bishop of Bath and Wells, at St Mary Abbots Church on Thursday 21st May 2015. It was a joyous service and we thank all those who attended the service in support of our candidates.
Please remember them all in your prayers.
The All Age service has already become something of a special event at St Philips because it features the junior choir and is followed by the bake sale, however, we are working on making it even better. Erica led a parent’s meeting last month in which we focused on the role of our younger parishioners in the all age service. A number of suggestions were put forward including:
- Preparation with the children to enable them to make a musical contribution to the service.
- Devising related activities for the children during the service.
- Extending the parents rota to include parent helpers at the all age service.
Do you have any suggestions for the all age services? If so have a chat to Erica or David. Our next all age service (complete with Junior Choir and Bake sale) is on the 15th June.
If you are in year 6 or above, come and join us at St Philip’s Church for a free movie night. The film will be “Life of Pi”. A young man survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger. Come at 5pm grab a slice and find out what happens to him.
You are invited to the annual general meeting of the Kensington Council of Churches on Tuesday 10th June 2014, at 7.00pm. It is at St Mary Abbot’s Vicarage Garden (if wet in the Centre’s Long Room, St Mary Abbot’s Centre Vicarage Gate). Vicarage Gate is off Kensington Church Street. There will be “Bring and Share” refreshments for after the meeting.
In addition to ensuring the building is clean and tidy, Sean is responsible for arranging the layout for all our services and has helped with clearing out much of the clutter that had built up in St Philip’s over the years. We thank him for his contribution to our church, which has helped us become a leaner and more efficient operation, and we wish him well in the future.
The good news is that on 6 May our new caretaker/cleaner will arrive in the shape of Sean Collins, who lives in Shepherds Bush and brings wide experience of the role.
I am currently Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London and have been working in the field of ministry and parish development for around 16 years, first alongside parish ministry and for the last nine years in a full time capacity. As a Church of England priest I have been vicar of two parishes; for ten years in Stoke Newington, Hackney and subsequently for seven years in Twickenham, following a curacy in Bethnal Green. I trained for the Church’s ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Before ordination I worked as a manager in the Health Service. I gained an MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College in 1993 and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry and Theology from King’s College London in 2010; my thesis focussed on the professional development of clergy. In my late fifties, I am married to Debbie and we have two teenage children.
As Director of Ministry I am responsible for the policy and strategy for clergy and lay ministerial training and development, and parish development across London Diocese (around 1,000 clergy and 480 parishes). I coordinate a team of around 30 full- and part-time officers with professional ministry responsibilities. I also undertake a variety of ministry and parish consultancy, including working with parishes on Mission Action Planning and strategic development, residential work with clergy at significant points in ministry and undertaking training and development courses.
Developing in Ministry: A Handbook for Effective Christian Learning and Training (SPCK. 2012)
Parish History Audits co-authored with John Maiden (Grove Booklets. 2012)
Chapter on Chairing Meetings in Developing Faithful Ministers: A Theological and Practical Handbook edited by Timothy J.M. Ling and Lesley Bentley (SCM. 2012)